13.01.1945 No. 274 Squadron Tempest V EJ639 Fl/Lt. Malloy
Operation: Armed Recce
Date: 13th January 1945 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 274 Squadron
Type: Hawker Tempest MkV
Base: RAF West Malling, Kent
Location: Near Nienborg, 10 miles North West of Munster, Germany
Pilot: F/Lt. John Alfred (Doc) Malloy J/11008 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a straffing attack at Paderborn, Germany on a car, his aircraft failed to pull up, his Tempest hit the ground and exploded.
F/Lt. John Alfred Malloy. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve Germany. Grave 23.F.3. Son of John Andrew and Nora Alfreda (nee MacKay) Malloy of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
John enlisted at Ottawa on 1 July, 1941 where he had been working as a clerk at a Loblaws Grocery Store for one year after leaving LaSalle Academy where he had been a cadet with the Canadian Officers Training Corps.
Upon completion of his basic training at No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, he was posted to No. 5 Initial Training School at Belleville, Ontario on 1 September until 26 October 1941 passing the course with a grade of 92%.
He was then posted to No. 3 Elementary Flying School, London, Ontario completing the course there on 19 December 1941.
From London, John was posted to No. 14 Service Flying Training School (SFTS) at Aylmer, Ontario where he gained his wings and commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 10 April 1942. During his time at No. 14 SFTS, John had a slight accident when engaged in solo training while piloting a North American Harvard No. 3123. Fortunately, he was not injured.
Per the RCAF report:
"On a precautionary approach the aircraft stalled and touched down, recalling an order against landing at R1 (Relief Airfield at Yarmouth Centre, Ontario. Now St.Thomas Municipal Airport) pilot applied throttle, right wing dropped in mud and ground looped to the right. Cause - error in judgement."
From No.14 SFTS John was selected for training as a flight instructor and posted to Central Flying School at Trenton , Ontario on 24 May 1942 completing the course there on 15 July.
John served as a flying instructor at No.13 SFTS, St. Hubert, Quebec from 15 July until 28 March 1943 when he requested to be posted to an operational squadron. While instructing a student flying Harvard No.3152 he had a minor incident on the morning of 19 March when, upon landing, they started to ground loop skidding on the ice and catching one wheel in the snow bank swinging them around.
Embarked Halifax, 9 May 1943, disembarked UK 23 May. From 3PRC to No.7 (P) AFU 16 June until taken on strength at RAF Grangemouth, Scotland 3 August. Posted to No.57 OTU at RAF Harwarden, Wales 5 October 1943 until 31 December when he attended No.2 Tactical Exercise Unit for two weeks prior to being posted to No. 501 Squadron on 12 January 1944. No. 501 Squadron was based at various RAF stations over this period, John being attached to Hawkinge, Friston and Southend until being taken on strength by No. 274 Squadron on 17 August at RAF West Malling.
Malloy Lake, Kenora, Ontario was named after F/Lt Malloy in 1960.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - October 2016. With thanks to Richard Emmett for photographs of the pilot, others from the Michel Beckers collection.
Biographical source: Service Files of the Second World War―War Dead, 1939–1947. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada.